Would give zero stars if I could




Would give zero stars if I could’ is Lorena Levi’s debut solo show whereby her methods of research and practice in painting has culminated in a ten piece exhibition. 

Levi paints narrative scenes based off trip advisor reviews found online. She was interested in delving deeper into one of the most popular search topics: restaurant reviews. The initial reason for reviews is obvious, however with trip advisor reviews showing a more detailed and scathing side of personal opinion, they’ve transformed into a form of internet entertainment. 

Levi has used the internet as a starting point for painting research since her last year at the University of Edinburgh and has been interested in creating dynamic scenes based off stories she finds online. The paintings are a story that the viewer has to unravel and pick apart themselves. 

Interpersonal relations and psychology are strong themes in Levi’s work but sometimes an injection of humour and absurdity that can make the work appear as a film still or odd moment in time captured in a photograph. 



The Alchemy Experiment

157 Byres Road, G12 8TS



Friday 8th  JuLY                         19.00-21.00


Monday - Saturday                  9.00-18.00

Sunday.                                        10.00-17.00




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Lorena Levi is a narrative portraiture painter. Her practice is research based where she uses the internet, from speaking to to strangers on chatroom sites and listening to podcasts with real people to gain stories for paintings. Lorena has been collaging found images with her own to create compositions which display an imagined narrative, telling a story in a snapshot.

Graduating from Edinburgh University with an MA in Fine art 2021, Lorena now works in V.O curations and exhibits at spaces such as Mall Galleries, Fitzrovia Gallery and will be showing at the RSA New Contemporaries 2023.
She has won the Astaire Prize at the end of her course in Edinburgh as well as the Jackson’s Painting Prize 2022. She is also part of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2022